Return to home523 May 6,
Thrasamunde, king of Vandals (496-523), died.
973 May 6, Henry II, German
King (1002) and Holy Roman Emperor (1014-1024), was born.
(HN, 5/6/98)(MC, 5/6/02)
988 May 6, Dirk II, West
Frisian count of Holland, died.
1124 May 6, Balak, Emir of
Aleppo (Syria), was murdered.
1527 May 6, German and Spanish
troops under Charles V began sacking Rome, bringing about the end of
the Renaissance. Libraries were destroyed, Pope Clement VII
was captured and thousands were killed. 147 of 189 of the Pope’s
Swiss guard were killed.
(HN, 5/6/02)(PCh, 1992, p.174)(WSJ, 4/14/06,
1529 May 6, Babur defeated the
Afghan Chiefs in the Battle of Ghagra, India.
1536 May 6, King Henry VIII
ordered a bible placed in every church.
1576 May 6, The peace treaty of
Chastenoy ended the fifth war of religion.
1576 The Fifth War of Religion
in France ended with the Peace of Monsieur. The Huguenots were
granted freedom of worship in all places except Paris.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.22)
1581 May 6, Frans Francken, the
Younger, painter, was born.
1606 May 6, Lorenzo Lippi,
[Perlone Zipoli], poet, painter, was born.
1638 May 6, Cornelius Jansen,
theologian (Jansenism), died.
1642 May 6, Frans Francken, the
Younger, Flemish painter, died on 61st birthday.
1648 May 6, Battle at Zolty
Wody-Bohdan: Chmielricki's Cossacks beat John II Casimir.
1667 May 6-7, Johann Jakob
Froberger (b.1616), German organist, singer, composer, died.
(MC, 5/6/02)(MC, 5/7/02)
1682 May 6, King Louis XIV
moved his court to Versailles, France.
1733 May 6, 1st international
boxing match: Bob Whittaker beat Tito di Carni.
1740 May 6, John Penn, signer
of the Declaration of Independence, was born.
1753 May 6, French King Louis
XV observed a transit of Mercury at Mendon Castle.
1757 May 6, Battle at Prague:
Frederik II of Prussia beat emperor's army.
1758 May 6, Maximilien F.M.I.
de Robespierre (d.1794), a leader of the French Revolution, was
born. He was known as the "Sea-Green Incorruptible" from his sallow
complexion. He decreed death for all those he considered enemies of
(V.D.-H.K.p.231)(HN, 5/6/99)(SSFC, 10/28/01,
1794 May 6, In Haiti Toussaint
Louverture (L’Ouverture), Haitian rebel leader, ended his alliance
with the Iberian monarchy and embraced the French Republicans. An
order followed that led to the massacre of Spaniards.
1794 May 6, Jean-Jacques
Beauvarget-Charpentier (59), composer, died.
1795 May 6, Dr. Pierre-Joseph
Dessault visited the incarcerated 10-year-old dauphin, the heir to
the French throne. He found the dying child in abject misery. The
boy died June 8.
(WSJ, 10/18/02, p.W9)
1801 May 6, British Lt. Thomas
Cochrane, commander of the 14-gun sloop HMS Speedy, engaged and
captured the 32-gun Spanish frigate El Gamo. The climactic battle in
Patrick O’Brian’s novel “Master and Commander" is based on the
Speedy’s fight with El Gamo. Cochrane was later elected to
Parliament, pointed out corruption and was arrested on trumped up
charges. After that he served as the first commander of Chile’s
navy, then Brazil’s navy and the Greek navy before returning to
England. In 2000 Robert Harvey authored “Cochrane: The Life and
Exploits of a Fighting Captain."
(ON, 11/04, p.1)
1806 May 6, Chapin Aaron
Harris, founder of the America Society of Dental Surgeons, was born.
1814 May 6, Wilhelm Ernst,
violinist, composer, was born.
1814 May 6, George Joseph
Vogler (64), composer, died.
1833 May 6, John Deere made his
1st steel plow.
1835 May 6, The 1st edition of
NY Herald was priced at 1 cent. The Herald specialized in crime with
an emphasis on murder. James Gordon Bennett was the Scottish-born
steward of the Herald. Within a few years of the 1936 Jewett murder
case, a coalition of clergymen, financiers and rival editors waged a
“Moral War" against Bennett and his newspaper
(SFEM, 11/8/98, p.12)(SFEM, 8/6/00, p.45)(MC,
1836 May 6, Christian Ignatius
Latrobe (78), composer, died.
1840 May 6, Frederick William
Stowe, was born He was the son of the famous Harriet Beecher Stowe
and fighter in the Civil War for the Union.
1849 May 6, Wyatt Eaton,
artist, was born.
1851 May 6, Dr. John Gorrie
patented a "refrigeration machine."
1851 May 6, Linus Yale patented
his Yale lock.
1853 May 6, The 1st major US
rail disaster killed 46 at Norwalk, Connecticut.
1856 May 6, Robert Peary,
arctic explorer, was born. He reached the North Pole in 1909.
[see 1909 &1856-1920, Peary]
(HFA, '96, p.30)(AHD, p.964) (HN, 5/6/98)
1856 May 6, Sigmund Freud
(d.1939), father of psychology and the Viennese physician who
discovered the unconscious, was born. He treated his hysterical
patients by encouraging them to associate freely. He insisted that
sexual desires and fears lay just beneath the surface of
everyone’s mind. A biography of Freud was later written by
(V.D.-H.K.p.281-282)(SFEC, 1/11/98, BR p.9)(HN,
1856 May 6, U.S. Army troops
from Fort Tejon and Fort Miller prepared to ride out to protect
Keyesville, California, from Yokut Indian attack.
1859 May 6, Baron Freidrich von
Humboldt (b.1769), German naturalist and explorer who made the first
isothermic and isobaric maps, died.
1861 May 6, Jefferson Davis
approved a bill declaring War between US and Confederacy.
1861 May 6, Arkansas and
Tennessee becomes 9th & 10th state to secede from US. [see Jun
(AP, 5/6/97)(HN, 5/6/98)(MC, 5/6/02)
1862 May 6, Henry David Thoreau
(44), American writer, died of tuberculosis. In 1999 his unfinished
manuscript "Wild Fruits," a catalog of his observations on local
plants and fruits, was published.
(WP, 1952, p.42)(SFC, 9/7/99, p.A3)(HN, 5/6/01)
1864 May 6, In the second day
of the Battle of Wilderness between Union General Ulysses S. Grant
and Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Confederate Gen. James
Longstreet (d.1903) was wounded by his own men.
(HN, 5/6/99)(MC, 5/6/02)
1864 May 6, General Sherman
began to advance on Atlanta.
1868 May 6, Gaston Leroux,
French novelist (The Phantom of the Opera), was born.
1877 May 6, Chief Crazy Horse
surrendered to U.S. troops in Nebraska. Crazy Horse brought General
Custer to his end.
1882 May 6, Over President
Arthur’s veto, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which
barred Chinese immigrants from the United States for 10 years. It
was amended and passed by Congress on August 3 and was signed by
Pres. Arthur. Renewals and amendments continued to 1904. The laws
were repealed in 1943. In 2011 the US Senate passed a resolution
expressing regret for the act.
5/6/97)(www.u-s-history.com/pages/h739.html)(SFC, 10/11/11, p.C1)
1884 May 6, Buck Grant told his
father, former Pres. Ulysses S. Grant, that a loan to Ferdinand Ward
had gone bad and that Ward had absconded with the money. The Grants
were wiped out, as were other trusting investors, including friends
and family of the Grants. Ward’s Ponzi scheme led to the collapse of
major financial institutions on Wall Street and around the country.
In 2012 Geoffrey C. Ward, the grandson of Ferdinand Ward, authored
“A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor’s Son Ruined an
American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash, and Made Himself
the Best-Hated man in the United States.
1888 May 6, Russell Stover,
candy manufacturer, was born.
1889 May 6, The Paris
Exposition formally opened, featuring the just-completed Eiffel
1895 May 6, Rudolph Valentino,
legendary silent-screen star, was born in Castellaneta, Italy.
1896 May 6, Samuel P. Langley
(1834-1906), American physicist and aviation pioneer, launched the
first reasonably large, steam-powered model aircraft.
1898 May 6, Daniel Gerber, baby
food pioneer, was born in Freemont, Mich.
1902 May 6, Harry Golden,
Jewish humorist, writer (2 Cents Plain, Only in America), was born.
1902 May 6, Max Ophuls
(d.1957), film director (La Ronde, Lola Montes), was born in the
Rhine Valley of Jewish parents. He made films in Germany, France,
Netherlands and the US.
(SFEC, 9/5/99, DB p.50)(HN, 5/6/01)
1902 May 6, Start of Sherlock
Holmes "Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place."
1902 May 6, British SS Camorta
sank off Rangoon and 739 died.
1902 May 6, There was a Zulu
assault at Holkrantz, South-Africa.
1907 May 6, San Francisco
streetcar workers of the Carmen’s Union went on strike after owner
Patrick Calhoun refused to accept a $3 per 8-hour day wage. Calhoun
hired James Farley to break the union.
(SFC, 9/13/02, p.D9)
1908 May 6, The Great White
Fleet, sent by Pres. Roosevelt on an around-the-world voyage,
arrived in SF. The fleet left San Francisco on July 7.
(SFC, 5/6/08, p.B3)
1910 May 6, Edward VII (68),
Britain's King (1901-1910), died and George V ascended to the
(AP, 5/6/97)(MC, 5/6/02)
1913 May 6, Stewart Granger,
[James Stewart], actor (Prisoner of Zenda, Scaramouche), was born in
1914 May 6, British House of
Lords rejected women suffrage.
1915 May 6, Orson Welles
(d.1985), actor, director, and writer, was born in Kenosha, Wisc. He
is famous for his movie Citizen Kane (1941).
1915 May 6, Theodore H. White,
historian, writer (Making of President), was born.
1915 May 6, Babe Ruth (20),
pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, hit his 1st HR. The Red Sox lost to
the Yanks 4-3 in 13 innings.
1915 May 6, German U-20 sank
Centurion SE of Ireland.
1919 May 6, Paris Peace
Conference disposed of German colonies; German East Africa was
assigned to Britain & France, German SW Africa to South Africa.
1919 May 6, Frank Lyman Baum
(62), author (Wizard of Oz), died.
1926 May 6, Marguerite Piazza,
operatic soprano (Young Broadway), was born in New Orleans, LA.
1931 May 6, Willie Mays, the
'Say hey ' kid who played baseball for the New York Giants, was
born. He made a great outfield catch in the 1954 World Series.
1935 May 6, The Works Progress
Administration began operating.
1935 May 6, British King George
& Queen Mary celebrated their silver jubilee.
1936 May 6, The Hindenburg
airship departed Germany and on the 9th on May, it arrived at
Lakehurst, N.J., having completed the first scheduled transatlantic
1937 May 6, At 7:25 p.m. the
giant German airship (dirigible or zeppelin) Hindenburg burst into
flames and crashed to the ground as it attempted to dock with a
mooring mast at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey. Carrying
36 passengers and 61 crew, Hindenburg left Frankfurt on May 4 for
its first transatlantic voyage of the 1937 season. A total of 36
died when the fire ignited the 16 hydrogen-filled cells and
destroyed the zeppelin in only 34 seconds. This included 13
passengers, 22 crew members and one of the ground crew. The airship
was 803 feet long and had private rooms for 50 passengers. It had an
11,000 mile range. A newsreel film of the Hindenburg Disaster was
made. The true cause of the disaster remains a mystery, although
crash investigators considered claims that Hindenburg was lost due
to sabotage or an accidental charge of static electricity.
(Hem., 1/96, p.108)(AP,
5/6/97)(SFC,11/21/97, p.C17)(ON, 8/12, p.11)
1938 May 6, Dutch writer
Maurits Dekker was sentenced to 50 days for "offending a friendly
head of state" (Hitler).
1939 May 6, 1st performance of
Honegger and Claudel's "Jeanne d'Arc at the Stake."
1940 May 6, A Pulitzer prize
was awarded to John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath).
1941 May 6, Ghena Dimitrova,
soprano (Nabucco), was born.
1941 May 6, Bob Hope (b. May
29, 1903) began broadcasting his first USO radio show from March
Field at Riverside, Ca. The United Service Organizations (USO) began
operations this year and provided free coffee, donuts, and
entertainment to US military forces. The organization is supported
entirely by private citizens and corporations.
(SFC, 5/28/97, p.D5)(HN, 5/6/98)(SFEC, 9/8/96,
1941 May 6, Dictator Josef
Stalin assumed the Soviet premiership, replacing Vyacheslav M.
1942 May 6, Ariel Dorfman,
Chilean writer (Death and the Maiden), was born.
1942 May 6, On Corregidor US
Gen’l. Jonathan Wainwright surrendered his forces, some 15,000
Americans and Filipinos, to the Japanese. This began a 3-year ordeal
for 4 doctors as POWs under the Japanese. In 2005 John A. Glusman
authored “Conduct Under Fire," and account of their survival as
(AP, 5/6/97)(SSFC, 7/10/05,
1943 May 6, British 1st army
opened an assault on Tunis.
1944 May 6, The Red Army
besieged and captured Sevastopol in the Crimea.
1945 May 6, Bob Seger, folk
singer (Silver Bullet Band-Shake Down), was born in Dearborn, Mich.
1945 May 6, Axis Sally made her
final propaganda broadcast to Allied troops.
1946 May 6, A Pulitzer prize
was awarded to Arthur M. Schlesinger ("Age of Jackson").
1948 May 6, 43 communist rebels
were executed in Athens.
1949 May 6, P.M.B. Maurice
Maeterlinck (b.1862), Belgian philosopher, playwright (Grand Fairie)
and essayist, died in Nice, France. He won the 1911 Nobel Prize in
1950 May 6, Liz Taylor wed
Conrad Hilton Jr. in her first marriage.
1950 May 6, Agnes Smedley,
American journalist and writer, died. She was best known for her
chronicling of the Chinese revolution.
1952 May 6, Maria Montessori
(b.1870), Italian physician, educationist, died In Holland. She
opened her 1st school in San Lorenzo, Italy, in 1907.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Montessori)(SFC, 1/6/07, p.B1)
1954 May 6, Medical student
Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile during a track meet in
Oxford, England, finishing in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds.
1955 May 6, West Germany joined
(WSJ, 10/8/01, p.A14)(MC, 5/6/02)
1957 May 6, Eugene O'Neill's
play "Long Day's Journey into Night" won the Pulitzer Prize for
drama; John F. Kennedy's "Profiles in Courage" won the Pulitzer for
biography or autobiography.
1957 May 6, Last broadcast of
"I Love Lucy" on CBS-TV. [see Jun 24]
1959 May 6, Iceland gunboats
shot at British fishing ships.
1960 May 6, President
Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960.
1960 May 6, Britain's Princess
Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones (Lord Snowdon), a commoner,
at Westminster Abbey. They divorced in 1978.
1960 May 6, Jacques Mornard
(Ram¢n Mercader), Trotsky's murderer, was freed in Mexico.
1961 May 6, George Clooney,
actor (Dr Douglas Ross-ER, Batman), was born in Lexington, KY.
1962 May 6, In the first test
of its kind, the submerged submarine USS Ethan Allen fired a Polaris
missile armed with a nuclear warhead that detonated above the
(AP, 5/6/97)(HN, 5/6/98)
1962 May 6, Pathet Lao broke
cease fire and conquered Nam Tha Laos.
1963 May 6, A Pulitzer prize
was awarded to Barbara Tuchman (Guns of August).
1964 May 6, Joe Orton's
"Entertaining Mr. Sloan," premiered in London. [see Apr 18]
1967 May 6, 400 students seized
the administration building at Cheyney State College, Pa.
1967 May 6, The body of Keith
Lyon (12) of Brighton, England, was found clad in his school uniform
on a grass bank near a rural bridle path between the nearby villages
of Ovingdean and Woodingdean, about 56 miles south of London. He had
left home to buy a geometry set and never returned. Lyon had been
stabbed 11 times in the chest, back and abdomen with a serrated
kitchen knife. In 2006 2 suspects were arrested.
1968 May 6, Astronaut Neil
Armstrong was nearly killed in a lunar module trainer accident.
1968 May 6, In Paris violent
fighting took place in the morning and then from 2 p.m. in the
afternoon to 1 a.m. the next morning on the Boulevard Saint-Michel
and Saint-Germain. Close to 600 students and police were wounded.
Student strikes spread to the provinces.
1970 May 6, Yuichiro Miura
(b.1932) of Japan skied down Mt. Everest.
1974 May 6, Bundy victim
Roberta Parks disappeared from OSU, Corvallis, Ore.
1975 May 6, In hockey the
Philadelphia Flyers won the semifinal series over Boston 4 games to
1. On May 16 the Montreal Canadiens won the finals in 4 games.
1975 May 6, Bundy victim
Lynette Culver disappeared from Pocatello, Idaho.
1975 May 6, A tornado swept
through Omaha, Nebraska, along 72nd St. the site of many motels on a
weekday noon,. All sorts of folks had to explain just how they wound
up in a state of dishabille in a roofless motel room.
(Nat. Hist., 3/96,
1975 May 6, Jozsef Mindszenty
(83), [Joseph Prehm], Hungarian cardinal, died.
1976 May 6, An earthquake
struck Italy’s northern region at Friuli-Venezia Giulia, affecting
11 villages near the Austrian and Yugoslav borders. The earthquake
killed more than 1,000 people in a 3,300-square-mile area and left
(http://tinyurl.com/dvzp6)(SFC, 12/17/05, p.F1)
1978 May 6, On this day at
12:34, the numbers 12345678 represented the time and day: 12:34
5/6/78. The next such sequence will occur in 2078.
(SFC, 7/14/96, A1 p.2)
1980 May 6, Stanford Linear
Accelerator officials announced a successful collision of matter and
antimatter in their new $78 million accelerator.
(SFC, 5/6/05, p.F2)
1981 May 6, Yale architecture
student Maya Ying Lin was named winner of a competition to design
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1981 May 6, The US expelled
1987 May 6, Democratic
presidential candidate Gary Hart held a news conference in Hanover,
N.H., in which he denied ever having an affair with Miami model
Donna Rice, but declined to say whether he'd ever committed
adultery. Washington Post reporter Paul Taylor asked him: "Have you
ever committed adultery?"
(AP, 5/6/97)(SFC, 4/14/99, p.A1)
1987 May 6, PTL's Jim Bakker
and Rich Dortch were dismissed from Assemblies of God.
1987 May 6, William J. Casey,
CIA Director (1981-1987), died at age 74.
1987 May 6, A London building
that housed the congress of South African Trade Unions was bombed
under orders of the apartheid government of South Africa.
(SFC, 9/18/96, p.A11)
1988 May 6, In his first
comment on the matter, President Reagan said he didn't "look kindly"
on reports that a memoir by former chief of staff Donald Regan
painted an unflattering portrait of first lady Nancy Reagan.
1989 May 6, Sunday Silence
scored an upset victory over Easy Goer in the 115th Kentucky Derby
at Churchill Downs.
1990 May 6, Freed American
hostage Frank Reed said at a news conference in Arlington, Va., that
he had been savagely beaten by his captors in Lebanon after two
unsuccessful escape attempts.
1990 May 6, Former president
P.W. Botha quit South Africa's ruling National Party as a protest
against the apartheid reform program of his successor F.W. de Klerk.
1991 May 6, President Bush
returned to work after spending two nights at Bethesda Naval
Hospital because of an irregular heartbeat; he met at the White
House with Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze.
1991 May 6, US Steel was
removed as a component of the Dow Jones.
(WSJ, 5/28/96, p. R46)
1991 May 6, Wilfrid Hyde-White
(87), British actor (Peyton Place/140+ films), died.
1992 May 6, Former Soviet
leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev delivered a speech at Westminster
College in Fulton, Mo., where Winston Churchill had spoken of the
Iron Curtain; Gorbachev said the world was still divided, between
north and south and rich and poor.
1992 May 6, Actress Marlene
Dietrich (b.1901), film star and singer, died at her Paris home at
age 90. She was buried in Germany on May 16.
(SFC, 5/8/96, p.D-2)(AP, 5/16/97)
1993 May 6, The space shuttle
"Columbia" landed safely in California after a 10-day mission.
1993 May 6, The Bosnian Serb
parliament, for the third time, rejected a U.N. peace plan for
Bosnia-Herzegovina. The president of Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic,
ordered a blockade of all supplies, except food and medicine, to the
1994 May 6, Paula Jones filed a
complaint of sexual harassment in US District Court in Little Rock,
Ark. against Pres. Bill Clinton. According to Jones, on May 8, 1991
at the Third Annual Governor’s Quality Management Conference in
Little Rock, Ark., Gov. Bill Clinton invited Ms. Jones, a state
employee working at the registration desk, to a private
meeting and exposed his desire for her. Jones reached a settlement
with Clinton in November 1998.
(WSJ, 6/26/96, p.A18)(AP, 5/6/04)
1994 May 6, Britain's Queen
Elizabeth II and French President Francois Mitterrand formally
opened the Channel Tunnel between their countries.
1994 May 6, Nelson Mandela and
his ANC finally were confirmed winners in South Africa.
1995 May 6, Long-shot Thunder
Gulch, ridden by Gary Stevens, won the 121st Kentucky Derby.
(AP, 5/6/00)(WSJ, 5/5/97, p.A16)
1995 May 6, Friends and
relatives of the Oklahoma City bombing victims made a pilgrimage to
the site of the attack.
1995 May 6, In London,
thousands of World War II veterans celebrated the 50th anniversary
of V-E Day.
1996 May 6, All the nearly
16,000 public companies nationwide were required to file their
financial reports electronically with the SEC. All info will go into
EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval
system. The home page of the SEC is: http://www.sec.gov.
(SJBJ, 5/13/96, p. 7)
1996 May 6, The body of former
CIA director William E. Colby was found on a riverbank near his
southern Maryland vacation home, eight days after he'd disappeared.
1996 May 6, Walter Petryshyn, a
Rutgers Univ. mathematics professor, author of “Generalized
Topological Degree and Semilinear Equations," smashed his wife’s
skull with 30 blows from a claw hammer in North Brunswick, New
Jersey. He had become depressed and paranoid over an error in his
(SFC, 5/8/96, p.A-10)
1997 May 6, The New York Drama
Critics’ Circle picked “How I Learned to Drive" as the best play for
the ‘96-’97 season. “Violet" was selected as the best musical, and
“Skylight" by David Hare was the best foreign play.
(SFC, 5/8/97, p.A20)
1997 May 6, World chess
champion Garry Kasparov and IBM's Deep Blue computer played to a
draw in game three of their six-game match.
1997 May 6, Pres. Clinton made
a state visit to Mexico and spent some time meeting with the leaders
of Mexico’s main opposition parties. Clinton and Mexican President
Ernesto Zedillo pledged closer cooperation on immigration and drug
(SFC, 5/7/97, p.c3) (AP, 5/6/98)
1997 May 6, Sergeant Delmar
Simpson received a 25 year sentence for raping 6 female trainees at
the Aberdeen, Md., Proving Ground Army base.
(SFC, 5/7/97, p.A3)(AP, 5/6/98)
1997 May 6, A car bomb in
Algiers killed 4 students and injured 25 people.
(SFC, 5/7/97, p.C3)
1997 May 6, British PM Tony
Blair, on the first full working day of the new Labor government,
gave the Bank of England the right to set interest rates. Labor had
won power pledging that it would by the party of welfare reform. The
party had campaigned on the anthem “Things can only get better." In
October the Bank of England lost its supervisory powers over banks
to the new Financial Services Authority.
(SFC, 5/7/97, p.C2)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.63)(Econ,
3/10/07, p.52)(Econ, 6/14/08, p.70)(Econ, 5/1/10, p.27)
1997 May 6, It was reported
that Syrian missiles were tipped with VX, a lethal chemical that
kills on contact with the skin. The Syrian chemical weapons program
was assisted by Anatoly Kuntsevich, former head of the Russian
Army’s Chemical Troops. The existing stockpile of Sarin, the nerve
gas used by the terrorists in Tokyo, was hoped to be upgraded to VX.
(WSJ, 5/6/97, p.A22)
1997 May 6, In Zaire Pres.
Mobutu Sese Seko left Zaire for a 3-day visit to Gabon. He was not
expected to return.
(SFC, 5/7/97, p.C2)
1998 May 6, Rep. Dan Burton,
chairman of the House fund-raising inquiry, apologized to GOP
colleagues for the furor over his release of selected portions of
tapes of Webster Hubbell's prison conversations; Burton's top
investigator departed, ordered fired by House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
1998 May 6, Jurgen Schrempp of
Daimler Benz and Robert Eaton of Chrysler announced in London that
the German auto company will purchase Chrysler in a $38 billion
merger. The takeover was later documented by Bill Vlasic and Bradley
A. Stertz in their book “Taken for a Ride: How Daimler-Benz Drove
Off with Chrysler."
(WSJ, 5/8/98, p.W1)(WSJ, 6/12/00, p.A28)
1998 May 6, Astronomers
announced the detection of a gamma ray burst in a galaxy 12 billion
light years away that was equal to the energy expended by the sun in
a trillion years.
1998 May 6, In Bosnia 5 key
Karadzic holdovers were arrested or suspended for political and
economic illegal acts.
(SFC, 5/27/98, p.A10)
1998 May 6, The Danish
government intervened to end a ten day strike by 500,000 workers. It
was planned to make strikes illegal until March, 2000, and offered 2
extra vacation days and an additional 3 days of family leave for
working parents with children under 14.
(WSJ, 5/7/98, p.A16)
1998 May 6, There was a border
skirmish between Ethiopia and Eritrea over the 150-square-mile area
called the Badme triangle.
(SFC, 1/30/99, p.A12)
1998 May 6, In Peru a Boeing
737, chartered by Occidental Petroleum from the Peruvian air force,
crashed in the Amazon jungle. At least 13 of 87 people survived the
(WSJ, 5/7/98, p.A1)
1998 May 6, In Serbia fighting
in Kosovo continued. A Serb policeman and an ethnic Albanian
separatist were killed. The bodies of 2 Albanians who backed Serb
rule were pulled from a river and a local politician died in a third
(WSJ, 5/7/98, p.A1)
1999 May 6, President Clinton
met with Kosovo refugees in Germany, listening to accounts of
murder, rape and terror and promising them, "You will go home again
in safety and in freedom."
1999 May 6, The Clinton
administration suspended the sale of handguns to Venezuelan
companies because of concerns that the guns were ending up in the
hands of narcotics gangs and guerrilla groups in Colombia.
(SFC, 5/7/99, p.D3)
1999 May 6, The US House of
Rep. approved a $13.1 billion emergency spending bill to pay for the
air war in Yugoslavia.
(SFC, 5/7/99, p.A3)
1999 May 6, A US appeals court
ruled that government restrictions on the export of encryption
software violated free speech.
(WSJ, 5/7/99, p.A1)
1999 May 6, Bristol-Myers
announced a plan to spend $100 million over the next 5 years in 5
southern African nations to fund AIDS research trials.
(WSJ, 5/6/99, p.A1)
1999 May 6, Scientists reported
that the salmonella bacteria becomes disabled when stripped of a
gene that produces the DNA adenine methylase (Dam). The research was
seen as a potent new source for vaccines.
(SFC, 5/7/99, p.A1,17)
1999 May 6, The storm in
Oklahoma that killed 41 people moved on to Tennessee and took killed
(SFC, 5/7/99, p.A3)
1999 May 6, In Iraq the new
vacation-resort city of Saddamiat al-Tharthar opened 85 miles west
of Baghdad. Nearly every brick was engraved with the initials of
(SFC, 5/12/99, p.C5)
1999 May 6, Russia joined NATO
to back a framework for ending the conflict in Kosovo that included
an international security presence to enforce peace.
(SFC, 5/7/99, p.A1)
1999 May 6, Electricity was
restored in Belgrade as NATO air strikes continued in Yugoslavia. A
main railroad bridge was destroyed near the Romanian border and oil
depots in Nis were hit.
(SFC, 5/7/99, p.A15)
1999 May 6, In Scotland
elections for the 129-member Edinburgh parliament were scheduled.
Its powers would include control over taxes, health, transport,
education, legal affairs, sports and the arts. Reversing decades of
overwhelming loyalty to Britain's governing Labor Party, Scottish
and Welsh voters elected strong nationalist oppositions to their
first separate assemblies of modern times. The Scottish National
Party won 56 of 129 seats, the Liberal Democrats won 17 and the
Conservatives won 18.
(SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A28)(SFC, 5/8/99, p.A10)(AP,
1999 Apr 6, In Wales the 2.2
million voters were to elect a 60-member assembly. It would be
responsible for distributing a $13 million grant from London. Labor
took 28 of 60 seats, the nationalist Plaid Cymru took 17, the
Conservatives got 9 and the Liberal Democrats got 6.
(SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A28)(SFC, 5/8/99, p.A10)
2000 May 6, The 1st geocaching
cache was found hidden outside Portland, Oregon, by Mike Teague.
[see May 3]
(WSJ, 3/19/02, p.A20)
2000 May 6, Fusaichi Pegasus
won the 126th Kentucky Derby. He was the first favorite to win the
Kentucky Derby since “Spectacular Bid" in 1979.
(SFEC, 5/7/00, p.D1)(AP, 5/6/01)
2000 May 6, Jack Mazzan, who’d
spent 20 years on death row for the murder of a judge’s son, was
released on bail, three months after the Nevada Supreme Court
reversed his conviction. Before he could be tried again, Mazzan
pleaded guilty to killing Richard Minor Jr. and received a life
sentence; Mazzan has since sought parole, unsuccessfully.
2000 May 6, It was reported
that Jin Wenchao, a former soldier and head of a Chinese
construction firm involved in the Three Gorges dam project, had
disappeared with over $120 million.
(SFC, 5/6/00, p.A12)
2000 May 6, In Sierra Leone
rebels clashed with UN peacekeepers and advanced on Freetown. Rebel
leader Foday Sankoh halted the rebel advance.
(SFEC, 5/7/00, p.A1)(SFC, 5/8/00, p.A12)
2000 May 6, In Sudan Pres. Omar
el-Bashir dismissed Hassan Turabi as the secretary-general of the
ruling National Congress Party.
(SFC, 5/8/00, p.A13)
2001 May 6, An anonymous donor
pledged $100 million to Johns Hopkins Univ. to develop a vaccine and
new drugs for malaria.
(WSJ, 5/7/01, p.A1)
2001 May 6, American
businessman Dennis Tito ended the world's first paid space vacation
as he returned to Earth aboard a Russian capsule.
2001 May 6, SF held the grand
opening of the Presidio Crissy Field Park. It had once served as a
dump site for the Presidio.
(SFC, 5/3/01, p.G1)(SFC, 10/2/13, p.D5)
2001 May 6, In Sari, Iran, the
Mottaqi stadium grandstand collapsed and killed several people with
(WSJ, 5/7/01, p.A1)
2001 May 6, Macedonian forces
lobbed shells into villages seized by ethnic Albanian rebels.
(SFC, 5/7/01, p.C1)
2001 May 6, In the Philippines
Pres. Arroyo lifted the “state of rebellion" order.
(SFC, 5/7/01, p.C1)
2001 May 6, In Spain Manuel
Gimenez Abad (52), a politician of the ruling Popular Party, was
shot to death in Zaragoza.
(SFC, 5/7/01, p.C3)
2001 May 6, In Syria Pope John
Paul II prayed in the Great Umayyad Mosque, the 1st time a pontiff
ever visited and prayed in a Muslim house of worship. He called for
brotherhood between Christians and Muslims.
(SFC, 5/7/01, p.A1)(AP, 5/6/02)
2002 May 6, It was reported
that the Bush administration planned to annul the 1998 US signature
on the Rome Statute, a treaty for creating an int'l. war-crimes
(WSJ, 5/6/02, p.A1,4)
2002 May 6, Federal regulators
released documents that showed Enron Corp. had manipulated the
California power system to increase profits.
(WSJ, 5/7/02, p.A1)
2002 May 6, Two mailbox pipe
bombs were found in Colorado and another one in Nebraska.
(SFC, 5/7/02, p.A3)
2002 May 6, Otis Blackwell
(70), songwriter, died in Nashville. His 1950s songs included “Don't
Be Cruel," “All Shook Up," “Return to Sender," and “Great Balls of
(SFC, 5/10/02, p.A31)
2002 May 6, In Afghanistan the
CIA fired a missile from a Predator in an attempt to kill Gulbuddin
Hekmatyar, head of Hezb-e-Islami, and his top aides outside Kabul.
(SFC, 5/10/02, p.A22)
2002 May 6, French Pres. Chirac
appointed Jean-Pierre Raffarin (center right) as PM.
(SFC, 5/7/02, p.A12)(Econ, 2/12/05, p.50)
2002 May 6, Jose Luis Nieto
(56) raced his pickup into a crowd of toddlers in Ecatepec, near
Mexico City, and killed 2 children aged 2 and 3. A daily school
ceremony had blocked access to his house.
(SFC, 5/7/02, p.A12)
2002 May 6, Myanmar's
opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was freed after 19 months of
2002 May 6, In Nepal the
government reported that army air strikes had killed an additional
200 rebels in the remote districts of Rolpa and Pyuthan.
(SFC, 5/7/02, p.A11)
2002 May 6, In the Netherlands
Pim Fortuyn (54), a right-wing populist with an anti-immigrant
platform, was shot to death in Hilversum. Volkert van der Graaf
(32), an environmental activist, was arrested May 7 for the murder.
He was later sentenced to 18 years in prison.
(SFC, 5/7/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/7/02, p.A1)(SFC,
5/8/02, p.A17)(AP, 5/6/03)
2002 May 6, Daan Goosen, South
Africa scientist, passed a vial of genetically engineered bacteria
to a retired US CIA officer and offered an entire collection of
pathogens developed in SA bio-weapons research for $5 million and
immigrations permits for 19 associates and family members. The deal
(SSFC, 4/20/03, p.A16)
2002 May 6, Zimbabwe arrested
an 8th journalist under its harsh new press law.
(WSJ, 5/7/02, p.A1)
2003 May 6, President Bush
lifted Clinton-era sanctions (1993-1998) against Angola's UNITA
rebels, citing the end of a quarter-century of civil war.
2003 May 6, White House budget
chief Mitchell Daniels announced his resignation.
2003 May 6, Florida Senator Bob
Graham launched his campaign for the Democratic presidential
nomination by accusing President Bush of retreating from the war on
terrorism to "settle old scores" between the Bush family and Iraq's
2003 May 6, Kmart Corporation
emerged from bankruptcy after more than 15 months of Chapter 11
2003 May 6, Six Algerian
soldiers were killed when suspected Islamic fighters bombed their
vehicle and sprayed the survivors with gunfire.
2003 May 6, In northeastern
India suspected separatist guerrillas killed 19 Bengali settlers in
2003 May 6, Ghazi Hammud, Baath
regional chairman in the Kut district, was put in custody. He is No.
32 on Central Command's list of the 55 most-wanted members of
2003 May 6, The Liberian
government announced that Sam Bockerie (39), a guerrilla RUF leader,
was killed in a shootout with Liberian soldiers.
(SFC, 5/7/03, p.A1)
2003 May 6, Saudi authorities
seized a weapons cache and foiled plans by suspected terrorists. At
least 19 men were sought.
(SFC, 5/8/03, p.A1)
2003 May 6, It was reported
that AIDS in Zambia had cut the average life expectancy to 33 years
from 44 a decade ago. One in 5 adults was reported to have HIV.
(WSJ, 5/6/03, p.A1)
2004 May 6, An estimated 51.1
million people tuned in for the final first-run episode of "Friends"
2004 May 6, Pres. Bush told
King Abdullah II of Jordan that he was sorry for the mistreatment of
Iraqi prisoners by US guards.
(SFC, 5/7/0, p.A1)
2004 May 6, The US FBI, using
fingerprint evidence, arrested Oregon lawyer Brandon Mayfield as
part of the investigation into the Madrid, Spain, train bombings.
The bureau later said Mayfield's arrest had been a mistake, and
apologized. In 2006 the US government agreed to pay Mayfield $2
million to settle a lawsuit.
(AP, 5/6/05)(SFC, 11/30/06, p.A7)
2004 May 6, Lea Fastow, wife of
former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow, pleaded guilty to a
misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to one year in prison.
(SFC, 5/7/04, p.C3)
2004 May 6, An audio recording
attributed to Osama bin Laden offered rewards in gold for the
killing of top U.S. and U.N. officials in Iraq or of the citizens of
any nation fighting there.
2004 May 6, The Bank of England
raised interest rates a quarter point to 4.25%.
(Econ, 5/8/04, p.53)
2004 May 6, The leader of the
breakaway region of Adzharia fled after street protests, and
Georgia's president flew into the restive province, vowing to pursue
the integration of two other separatist regions.
2004 May 6, A suicide attacker
detonated a car bomb outside the so-called Green Zone that houses
the U.S. headquarters in Baghdad, killing five Iraqi civilians and a
U.S. soldier. U.S. soldiers backed by tanks and armored fighting
vehicles seized control of the governor's office from Shiite
militiamen in the city of Najaf. As many as 41 Iraqis were killed in
(AP, 5/6/04)(SFC, 5/7/04, p.A17)
2004 May 6, A Libyan court
sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death on
charges they intentionally infected some 393 children with the AIDS
virus as part of an experiment to find a cure. 9 Libyan health
workers were acquitted. Under Libyan law, death sentences generate
an automatic 60-day period for appeal.
(AP, 5/6/04)(SSFC, 6/6/04, E3)
2004 May 6, A Mexican court
sentenced eight drug-gang members to 40 years each in prison for
their roles in the 1993 shooting of Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas
Ocampo and 6 others at a Guadalajara airport.
2004 May 6, In Nigeria
lawmakers in the mostly Islamic Kano state approved a law calling
for Muslims to be whipped and Christians to be jailed if they are
caught drinking alcohol.
2004 May 6, Hundreds of Rwandan
rebels attacked Kingi village in volatile eastern Congo, sparking a
two-hour battle in which at least five Congolese soldiers and
insurgents were killed.
2005 May 6, President Bush
arrived in Riga, Latvia, as he opened a fast-paced, four-country
journey to mark the 60th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany.
2005 May 6, Joe Grant (96),
pioneering Disney artist/storyman, died. He was co-story director on
"Fantasia," co-writer of "Dumbo" and designer of the witch/queen
character in "Snow White." Grant remained vital and active at Disney
feature animation until his death.
2005 May 6, In Bahrain about
5,000 citizens jammed a main road in the capital, waving red and
white Bahraini flags in the 2nd rally for constitutional reforms in
2005 May 6, British Prime
Minister Tony Blair unveiled his Cabinet, changing leadership in
defense and health but keeping mostly familiar faces after a third
term victory dampened by a reduced majority in Parliament.
2005 May 6, Holocaust Memorial
Day (Yom Hashoah). In 1951 Israel’s Parliament set the day of
commemoration for the 27th of Nissan, a few days after the end of
(WSJ, 5/6/05, p.W11)
2005 May 6, An Indian federal
probe into disappearing tigers in a state-protected reserve has
found the entire population of big cats has been wiped out by
poachers. "The special investigation team in its preliminary
assessment report has indicated that there was no evidence to prove
the presence of tigers in Sariska (national park)."
2005 May 6, Arab television
station al-Jazeera said militants holding an Australian engineer
hostage have issued a 72-hour ultimatum for Australia to start
pulling troops out of Iraq.
2005 May 6, Insurgent car bombs
struck a market in Suwayrah killing 17 civilians, and a police bus
in Tikrit, killing at least 8 policemen.
2005 May 6, At least a dozen
bodies were found buried at a garbage dump on the outskirts of
Baghdad, some of them blindfolded and shot in the head.
2005 May 6, In Lebanon an
explosion ravaged a shopping area and set off a fire near a
Christian religious radio station in the port city of Jounieh north
2005 May 6, In southwestern
Nepal unidentified gunmen fatally shot Narayan Pokhrel, the chief of
the World Hindu Council's Nepal chapter, while he was touring
2005 May 6, Palestinian leader
Mahmoud Abbas' ruling Fatah movement narrowly fended off a strong
challenge by Hamas to win local elections, but the Islamic militant
group captured the 3 biggest races in the West Bank and the Gaza
Strip, establishing itself as a major political force.
2005 May 6, Romania's foreign
minister said his government would keep its troops in Iraq
supporting postwar operations despite the kidnapping of three
2005 May 6, The UN Sec. Gen.
appointed Alvaro de Soto as the Special Coordinator for the Middle
East Peace Process. De Soto resigned in May, 2007.
2006 May 6, Vice President Dick
Cheney met with President Stipe Mesic of Croatia, the final stop of
a three-nation tour dominated by the issue of political reform in
countries making the post-Cold War transition toward democracy.
2006 May 6, Barbaro won the
2006 May 6, Lillian Gertrud
Asplund (99), the last American survivor of the sinking of the
Titanic, died in Shrewsbury, Mass.
2006 May 6, Chen Li (b.1929), a
Chinese journalist and former editor-in-chief of China Daily, the
communist government's main English-language newspaper, died in
2006 May 6, Gen. Frantisek
Perina (b.1911), a Czech WWII fighter ace who fought against Nazi
Germany in the French and British air forces died in Prague.
2006 May 6, In Athens, Greece,
some 30,000 people marched in an anti-war and anti-globalization
demonstration that also saw anarchist attacks on banks, shops and
police vehicles. The march was organized by the European Social
Forum, which was holding a four-day meeting on the outskirts of
2006 May 6, At least seven
people, including three Iraqi army officers and two children, were
killed and seven others kidnapped in a series of rebel attacks
2006 May 6, A chemical weapons
expert for a major Islamic extremist group was killed by security
forces in Baghdad. Ali Wali, a member of Ansar al-Islam, died during
a raid on a suspected militant safe house in the western Baghdad
neighborhood of Mansour.
2006 May 6, A British military
helicopter crashed in Basra and the 5 people were killed. Flight
Lieutenant Sarah Mulvihill died in the crash in the southern city of
Basra along with Wing Commander John Coxen, Lieutenant Commander
Darren Chapman, Lieutenant David Dobson and Marine Paul Collins.
Iraqis hurled stones at British troops and set fire to at least one
armored vehicle that rushed to the scene. Four Iraqi adults and a
child were reported killed during in the melee when Shiite gunmen
exchanged fire with British soldiers. 2 insurgents were killed in
Tikrit while they were planting a roadside bomb.
(AP, 5/6/06)(AP, 5/7/06)(AFP, 5/8/06)
2006 May 6, Teachers at five
schools in the West Bank city of Hebron went on strike, demanding
their overdue paychecks in the first sign of unrest by public
employees. Hundreds of government workers, most of them supporters
of Abbas' moderate Fatah faction, also protested in the West Bank
city of Nablus.
2006 May 6, Singaporeans voted
in legislative elections. The ruling party won a landslide victory
in parliamentary elections. It has won every general election held
in the island nation since it became independent in 1965.
2006 May 6, A local rights
group said Zimbabwe state security agents have stepped up the use of
torture against government opponents, with 19 cases reported in
March compared with three during the previous two months.
2007 May 6, Carey Bell,
Mississippi-born blues harmonica player, died in Chicago.
(SFC, 5/8/07, p.B5)
2007 May 6, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 5 police and wounded two others,
while a clash in the west left eight police and at least four
suspected militants dead. An Afghan soldier shot and killed two US
troops and wounded 2 others outside Pul-e-Charkhi prison. The next
day Defense Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi said the Afghan soldier
was mentally ill. A bus crashed in northern Afghanistan, sparking a
fire that left nine people dead and 25 injured.
(AP, 5/6/07)(AP, 5/7/07)
2007 May 6, In Brazil Eneas
Carneiro (68), a three-time presidential candidate who was later
elected to Congress with the largest number of votes ever received
by a Brazilian lawmaker, died of leukemia.
2007 May 6, Britain’s Home
Secretary John Reid announced that he would resign from the
government within weeks, just as Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon
Brown is likely to take over from Tony Blair as prime minister.
2007 May 6, Lord Weatherill
(86), the last speaker to wear the traditional shoulder-length wig,
died. He had ushered Britain's House of Commons into the television
2007 May 6, In Egypt a plane
carrying foreign peacekeepers across the Sinai desert crashed near a
stretch of highway where it had tried to make an emergency landing,
killing eight French soldiers and a Canadian.
2007 May 6, French voters
turned out in force in a presidential election offering divergent
choices for the future, with conservative front-runner Nicolas
Sarkozy urging the French to work more and Socialist Segolene Royal
pledging to safeguard welfare protections. Nicolas Sarkozy (52), a
US-friendly conservative and an immigrant's son, defeated Socialist
Segolene Royal by 53% to 47% with about 85% voter turnout.
(AP, 5/6/07)(AP, 5/7/07)
2007 May 6, A car bomb ripped
through a wholesale food market in western Baghdad, flattening cars
and shops and killing at least 30 people in the deadliest of a wave
of attacks across Iraq that killed at least 95 people. A car bomb
near the Ministry of Labor in Baghdad killed five people and wounded
10. Insurgents exploded another car bomb outside a police station in
the Sunni town of Samarra, killing 12 officers and disabling the
city’s water system. A few minutes later, militants in the town
attacked a police checkpoint near the Askariya shrine, killing
another police officer. US and Iraqi forces raided the Shiite
neighborhood of Sadr City, uncovering a weapons cache, a torture
room and killing at least eight insurgents in a gunbattle. In Diyala
6 US soldiers and a Russian photojournalist were killed when a
massive bomb destroyed their vehicle. Two American soldiers died in
separate bombings in Baghdad.
(AP, 5/6/07)(AP, 5/7/07)(SFC, 5/7/07, p.A16)(SFC,
2007 May 6, Two Israeli human
rights groups charged in a report that Israel's Shin Bet security
service uses torture in its interrogation of Palestinian prisoners,
violating a 1999 court ruling outlawing such practices.
2007 May 6, Italian news said a
Vatican court for the first time has issued a drug conviction,
giving a former employee of the Holy See a four-month suspended
sentence for cocaine use.
2007 May 6, Japan pledged $100
million in grants to the Asian Development Bank to combat global
warming and promote greener investment in the region and called for
a stronger international agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
2007 May 6, More than 18,000
people stripped down and bared it all in Mexico City's vast main
square for US photographer Spencer Tunick's biggest nude shoot yet.
2007 May 6, Chief Justice
Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Pakistan's sacked top judge, declared
the "era of dictatorship is over" to cheers from tens of thousands
as he took his battle with President Pervez Musharraf to the eastern
city of Lahore. In northwestern Pakistan a passenger bus veered off
a mountain road and fell about 600 feet into a ravine, killing 21
people and injuring seven others.
(AFP, 5/6/07)(AP, 5/7/07)
2007 May 6, In Pakistan’s North
Waziristan tribal region Islamic militants began confiscating music
cassettes from public buses and ordering shops to only sell CDs
promoting jihad in the latest push to Talibanize the lawless
2007 May 6, Palestinian
militants opened fire near a children's festival at a UN-operated
elementary school in the southern Gaza Strip, killing a bodyguard of
a local Fatah leader and wounding seven other people. Palestinian
militants shot and seriously injured an Israeli motorist who was
driving west of the West Bank city of Ramallah.
2007 May 6, In South Africa
Helen Zille, mayor of Cape Town, was elected as leader of the
Democratic Alliance (DA).
(Econ, 5/12/07, p.51)
2007 May 6, Spain's Supreme
Court barred hundreds of Basque separatist candidates from running
in regional elections later this month because of links to an
outlawed party closely tied to armed group ETA.
2007 May 6, In eastern Sri
Lanka a landmine detonated by Tamil Tigers killed three police
commandos, while seven suspected rebels died elsewhere in the
2007 May 6, Frank Hsieh, former
prime minister of Taiwan, won the ballot of the ruling Democratic
Progressive Party (DPP), as candidate for next year’s presidential
elections. Hsieh favored better relations with China.
(Econ, 5/12/07, p.44)
2007 May 6, Turkey’s Foreign
Minister Abdullah Gul withdrew his candidacy for presidential
elections after Parliament failed for the second time to vote him
2008 May 6, Sen. Barack Obama
climbed within 200 delegates of clinching the Democratic
presidential nomination. In the Indiana primary Clinton won 51% to
49%. In North Carolina Obama won 56% to 42%.
(AP, 5/7/08)(SFC, 5/7/08, p.A1)
2008 May 6, In New Mexico Wayne
Bent (66), the leader of an apocalyptic sect, was arrested and
charged with felony sex crimes against children.
(SFC, 5/7/08, p.A4)
2008 May 6, In California the
Vallejo City Council voted to declare bankruptcy after talks with
public employee unions failed to address a $16 million shortfall.
(SFC, 5/7/08, p.B1)
2008 May 6, The California
Community College system announced a $50 million gift from the
Bernard Osher Foundation.
(SFC, 5/7/08, p.B1)
2008 May 6, In Georgia William
Earl Lynd (53) was executed for the murder of his live-in
girlfriend. He was the first inmate executed since the Supreme Court
upheld lethal injections on April 16.
(SFC, 5/7/08, p.A2)
2008 May 6, In Afghanistan a
Canadian soldier was killed and another was wounded in a gun battle
with insurgents near Kandahar city.
2008 May 6, Canadian
researchers reported that suicide victims who were abused as
children have clear genetic changes in their brains in a finding
they said shows neglect can cause biological effects.
2008 May 6, Chile’s Chaiten
volcano spewed lava and blasted ash more than 12 miles into the sky,
prompting a total evacuation of the provincial capital and other
2008 May 6, Chinese President
Hu Jintao arrived in Tokyo for a feel-good visit that will use ping
pong and pandas to take the edge off more contentious problems like
border disputes, historical animosity and concerns over China's rule
2008 May 6, Djibouti, a key US
ally in the Horn of Africa, urged the UN Security Council to take
immediate action to prevent a conflict with its northern neighbor
2008 May 6, Egyptian border
police fatally shot a Nigerian man who was trying to cross illegally
into Israel. Guards also shot three Sudanese men and one woman who
were also trying to sneak into Israel.
2008 May 6, Officials in
Indonesia said at least 13 illegal gold miners were killed in a
landslide in remote Papua province.
2008 May 6, At least four
civilians were killed overnight in the Baghdad Shiite neighborhood
of Sadr City. The US military announced that about 3,500 American
soldiers are scheduled to leave Iraq in the coming weeks. US
Hellfire missiles killed 3 militants planting a roadside bomb in the
Shiite neighborhood of New Baghdad.
(AP, 5/6/08)(SFC, 5/7/08, p.A3)
2008 May 6, In Italy the
data-protection authority ruled that releasing tax returns into
cyberspace was illicit. Tax authorities had recently put all 38.5
million tax returns for 2005 up on the internet. A measure
authorizing the released had been signed on March 5, but not enacted
until the defeat of the Prodi government.
(Econ, 5/10/08, p.61)
2008 May 6, Kenya froze the
assets of businessman Felicien Kabuga, the most wanted suspect in
Rwanda's genocide, saying it would stop him avoiding capture or
helping other fugitives. The US government has offered a $5 million
bounty for Kabuga's capture.
(Reuters, 5/6/08)(AP, 9/23/09)
2008 May 6, Lebanon’s
government declared Hezbollah’s military telecommunications network
illegal and said it was a threat to state security. The cabinet
removed Beirut airport’s security chief over alleged ties to
(WSJ, 5/7/08, p.A1)(AP, 5/8/08)
2008 May 6, In northern and
central Mali attacks by Tuareg rebels on several army posts left one
2008 May 6, Mauritania’s
President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi said in a statement he had
named economist Yahya Ould Ahmed Waqef (50) as prime minister.
2008 May 6, Myanmar's junta
decided to postpone voting on a new constitution in areas
hardest-hit by a devastating cyclone as the death toll soared above
2008 May 6, Niger Delta rebels
said that former US President Jimmy Carter had agreed to act as a
mediator if invited by Nigeria's government, and the group promised
to declare a ceasefire if talks went ahead.
2008 May 6, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber riding a rickshaw attacked a police
checkpoint and gunmen fired on officers guarding a bank, killing
five people and testing the new government's fledgling peace
2008 May 6, Russia and the US
signed a long awaited civilian nuclear cooperation pact that will
allow firms from the world's two biggest atomic powers to expand
bilateral nuclear trade.
2008 May 6, In Somalia hundreds
of youths in Mogadishu lobbed stones at shops and cars and set tires
ablaze in a second day of violence over soaring food prices. Amnesty
Int’l. accused Ethiopian troops in Somalia of killing civilians and
committing atrocities, including slitting people's throats, gouging
out eyes and gang-raping women.
2008 May 6, Swiss bank UBS,
hard hit by the US subprime crisis, reported a first-quarter loss of
$10.97 billion and said it will slash almost 7 percent of its work
2008 May 6, Two senior
Taiwanese officials resigned over the loss of millions of dollars in
a failed attempt to persuade Papua New Guinea to officially
2009 May 6, Maine's Gov. John
Baldacci signed a freshly passed bill approving gay marriage, making
it the fifth state to approve the practice and moving New England
closer to allowing it throughout the region.
2009 May 6, In California a
wildfire surged into Santa Barbara forcing at least 8,000 residents
(SFC, 5/7/09, p.B6)
2009 May 6, New H1N1 flu cases
across Europe and a second US death kept health officials on alert
despite signs Mexico's epidemic had passed its peak. Mexican health
officials said that testing of backlogged cases has increased the
confirmed swine flu death toll from 31 to 42, including three new
deaths in the past two days.
(Reuters, 5/6/09)(AP, 5/6/09)
2009 May 6, Virginia police
found former NASCAR driver Kevin Grubb (31) dead from an apparent
self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Grubb was suspended from
NASCAR indefinitely in 2006 because he refused to submit to a random
drug test following the Busch Series race at Richmond International
2009 May 6, US scientists in
the Jason submersible from Woods Hole, Mass., filmed the West Mata
undersea volcano between Samoa and Fiji. The summit of the volcano
now reached some 4,000 feet from the sea floor and was still some
4,000 feet below the ocean’s surface.
2009 May 6, Ben Southall (34),
a bungee jumping, ostrich-riding British charity worker was named
the winner of what's been dubbed the "Best Job in the World," a
150,000 Australian dollar ($111,000) contract to serve as the
caretaker of Australia’s tropical Hamilton Island. He beat out
nearly 35,000 applicants from around the world for assignment to
swim, explore and relax in the Great Barrier Reef for six months
while writing a blog to promote the area.
2009 May 6, Bangladesh Home
Minister Sahara Khatun said the UAE has given the government nearly
$1.44 million to distribute among 879 Bangladeshi children who
worked as jockeys at camel races after it was banned in 1993. The
law was openly flouted until authorities reached an agreement in
2005 with UNICEF to help repatriate and rehabilitate child jockeys,
who were mostly taken from poorer Muslim nations such as Bangladesh,
Pakistan and Sudan.
2009 May 6, Brazilian officials
said at least 29 people have been killed by floods and mudslides in
northern Brazil as authorities struggled to rush aid to dozens of
small cities cut off from civilization by overflowing rivers in the
2009 May 6, Canada and the EU
signed an "open skies" pact under which airlines from the two
trading partners will be able to fly freely between any airport in
the 27-country EU and any in Canada.
2009 May 6, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded at the entrance to a fruit and vegetable market in south
Baghdad, killing 15 people and wounding about 40. Hours later,
another car bomb exploded in the capital's Karradah district,
killing two people and wounding six.
2009 May 6, Malaysian officials
said 2 political activists have been arrested ahead of a
parliamentary showdown between the government and the opposition
over control of northern Perak state.
2009 May 6, NATO launched
military exercises in former Soviet Georgia after heavy criticism
from neighboring Russia and a brief mutiny in the Georgian military.
2009 May 6, In Nepal police
clashed with protesting Maoists, who vowed to prevent a new
government from being formed unless the president supports the
firing of the country's army chief. The key dispute has thrown the
Himalayan country into crisis.
2009 May 6, Pakistani
helicopter gunships and ground troops attacked the Taliban in the
Swat valley. Pakistan said it killed more than 80 militants in heavy
bombardments in an upsurge of fighting that has caused tens of
thousands to flee and threatened to torpedo a northwest peace deal.
There were also reports of civilian casualties in fighting in Swat.
(AFP, 5/6/09)(AP, 5/7/09)(Econ, 5/9/09, p.45)
2009 May 6, Russia said it is
expelling two Moscow-based NATO employees who are Canadian diplomats
in retaliation for NATO's recent expulsion of two Russian envoys
from its headquarters in Belgium.
2009 May 6, In Russia retired
Gen. Valentin Varennikov (85), a hawkish World War II veteran who
directed the Soviet war in Afghanistan, died. He had joined the
rebellion against Mikhail Gorbachev that sped the collapse of the
2009 May 6, Spanish authorities
said they have arrested 29 people suspected of forging credit cards
to finance an elaborate scheme to smuggle Cubans into the US from
2009 May 6, South Africa's
parliament has elected Jacob Zuma as the country's president. Zuma
won 277 votes in the 400 member National Assembly. Zuma's African
National Congress won elections last month with 65.9% of the vote.
He is due to be inaugurated on May 9.
2009 May 6, Sri Lanka’s Tamil
Tiger rebels said intense fighting in the war zone was killing and
wounding hundreds of civilians a day and asked for the UN to push
for urgent food shipments to avert a hunger crisis.
2009 May 6, Senior Sudanese aid
official Hassabo Mohammed Abdelrahman said that Khartoum was ready
to allow foreign aid groups to operate in Darfur but ruled out the
return of the 13 aid agencies kicked out in March.
2009 May 6, Venezuelan
prosecutors filed embezzlement and other charges against a former
Caracas mayor who supports the government of President Hugo Chavez.
Juan Barreto, mayor from 2004 to 2008, denied the allegations and
vowed to clear his name in court.
2009 May 6, In Zimbabwe a top
rights activist and 14 others were ordered freed on bail after
Zimbabwe's president and prime minister forced a judge to reverse
her decision to send them back to the prison where they said they
had been tortured. She refused, however, to free three others she
had ordered returned to prison, saying their case was more serious
because they had allegedly been found with explosives. The last 3
were released on May 13.
(AP, 5/6/09)(AFP, 5/14/09)
2010 May 6, The US FCC
announced a plan to classify the last mile of internet access as a
(Econ, 5/15/10, p.86)
2010 May 6, The Dow Jones fell
nearly 1000 points in intraday trading, but recovered to close at
10,520.32, down 347.8. Unrest in Greece and a trading glitch were
cited as causes. After 5 months regulators said the “flash crash"
was sparked by a sloppily executed sell order of one mutual fund
group when the market was already jittery over economic turmoil in
(SFC, 5/7/10, p.A1)(Econ, 10/9/10, p.107)
2010 May 6, In Ramapo, NY, Pro
Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor (51) was charged with raping
a 16-year-old runaway who police said was forced into prostitution
by a man who had beaten her up. Third-degree rape is a charge levied
when the victim is under the age of consent, which is 17 in New
2010 May 6, SFJazz unveiled
plans for the new 3-story, $60 million SF Jazz Center to rise at the
corner of Fell and Franklin streets.
(SFC, 5/6/10, p.A1)
2010 May 6, An E.coli outbreak,
possibly linked to tainted lettuce, sickened at least 19 people in
Ohio, New York and Michigan prompting a recall throughout much of
the US. Freshway Food in Sidney, Ohio, said it was recalling lettuce
sold in 23 states and Washington DC.
(SFC, 5/7/10, p.A4)
2010 May 6, In California
Joseph Mercado (27) shot and killed Serena Tarin, his ex-girlfriend,
as well as her father and brother. 6 other family members escaped
the rampage in Hawaiian Gardens, LA County. Mercado was arrested by
police after a bullet grazed his head.
(SFC, 5/7/10, p.C6)
2010 May 6, Afghan officials
said the Taliban have ordered mobile phone operators to shut down
their networks during the night in a northern Afghan province, a
sign of the militants' increasing influence in a once peaceful area.
A NATO service member was killed in a roadside bomb in southern
Afghanistan. Another died from a mortar or rocket attack in the
(Reuters, 5/6/10)(AP, 5/6/10)(AP, 5/7/10)
2010 May 6, Julio Alberto Poch
(57), a pilot who allegedly flew death flights for Argentina's
military dictatorship, was extradited from Spain. Spain acted on
Argentina's request, arresting him in front of his passengers and
family during a stop in Valencia on what was supposed to be his
final flight back to the Netherlands before retiring from Transavia.
2010 May 6, Britain held
national elections expected to deny all three major parties an
outright majority, meaning the first so-called hung Parliament since
1974 is likely. David Cameron claimed the mantle of power after the
Conservatives won the most seats in the election, though not enough
to form a majority. Labour came in second, which for the first time
since the 1970s produced no outright winner. Labour could still
govern with the help of the Liberal Democrats.
(AP, 5/6/10)(AP, 5/7/10)
2010 May 6, In China a tornado
and strong winds swept through the southwest early in the day,
killing at least 58 people and injuring nearly 200. The southwestern
municipality of Chongqing was the worst hit after a tornado and
gale-force winds killed 29 people. 10 were left dead in Hunan
province and 6 dead in Guangdong province. Torrential rain in the
eastern province of Jiangxi killed seven people. 6 people died in
rain-triggered landslides in the southwestern province of Guizhou.
(AP, 5/6/10)(AFP, 5/7/10)
2010 May 6, A Chinese media
report said North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il told President Hu Jintao
during his secretive trip to Beijing that he is ready to return to
stalled nuclear disarmament negotiations.
2010 May 6, Wan Yanhai, a
prominent Chinese AIDS activist, fled China for the United States
with his wife and 4-year-old daughter to escape increasing
government harassment of him and his organization. Wan, a former
Health Ministry official, founded the Aizhixing Institute in 1994 to
raise awareness and fight discrimination.
2010 May 6, In southern
Ethiopia attackers hurled a bomb at a political meeting in Adaba,
killing two people and wounding 14 others just over two weeks before
national elections. On May 20 Tadesse Haile was sentenced to death
for throwing hand grenades into the packed stadium. He was also
convicted on planting bombs close to a construction site on May 5.
(AFP, 5/7/10)(AFP, 5/20/10)
2010 May 6, Israel declined to
address the international pressure that's been mounting for it to
join the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, saying only that its
refusal to acknowledge or deny it possesses atomic weapons is a
pillar of its military deterrence.
2010 May 6, In Kashmir a fierce
gunbattle between Muslim rebels and Indian security forces in the
Indian-controlled portion killed six insurgents and two soldiers.
2010 May 6, Myanmar leaders of
democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party said they would
continue working as a social movement after a new election law
forced its dissolution as a political party at midnight.
2010 May 6, Northern Ireland's
First Minister Peter Robinson crashed to a shock defeat in the
general election after a sex and cash scandal involving his wife
battered his reputation.
2010 May 6, Nigeria's Goodluck
Jonathan (52) was sworn as president of the oil-rich African nation
riven by religious and political divisions, hours after the death of
the incumbent Umaru Yar'Adua (58). Jonathan vowed that electoral
reform and fighting graft would be top priorities.
2010 May 6, Palestinian Pres.
Mahmoud Abbas accused Hamas of smuggling large amounts of weapons
into the West Bank as part of the militant group's efforts to
undermine his administration.
2010 May 6, In Paraguay Jesus
Ortiz, alleged EPP logistics coordinator, was captured.
(Econ, 5/15/10, p.42)
2010 May 6, Russian forces
freed a hijacked Russian oil tanker and rescued its crew in a
helicopter-backed operation that killed a Somali pirate.
Investigators said the 10 captured pirates, who seized the
China-bound MV Moscow University in the Gulf of Aden, will be
brought to Moscow for prosecution.
2010 May 6, In southern Sudan
government troops clashed with soldiers loyal to renegade General
George Athor, leaving 53 dead and ending hopes of a negotiated end
to his mini revolt.
2010 May 6, A Taiwanese fishing
boat, the Tai Yuan 227, was hijacked by pirates off the Somali coast
who demanded a ransom for the crew.
2010 May 6, Thailand's PM
Abhisit Vejjajiva said he would dissolve Parliament in September,
paving the way for new elections demanded by anti-government
protesters if they end their crippling occupation of Bangkok's
2011 May 6, Afghan police
killed 10 militants in a gun battle in eastern Paktika province.
2011 May 6, In Algeria a bomb
struck a military convoy on a highway linking Jijel to Constantine,
killing five soldiers and injuring five others. Journalist, Ahmed
Nezar, was shot dead in his hometown of Baghlia.
(AFP, 5/7/11)(Reuters, 5/7/11)
2011 May 6, Australia's Defense
Ministry announced it will slash 1,000 civilian jobs as part of a
belt-tightening exercise to bring the national budget back into
2011 May 6, Brazilian federal
police confirmed that 16 suspected members of a Serbian gang were
arrested between May1-5 across the country. The crackdown concluded
a two-year operation that resulted in 35 arrests, the seizure of
1,370 pounds (620 kilograms) of cocaine and the equivalent of $1.2
2011 May 6, Brazil’s Justice
Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo launched a disarmament campaign hoping
to take more than 1 million guns off the streets by the end of the
2011 May 6, The EU agreed to
place sanctions on Syrian officials next week as it tries to halt a
government crackdown against protesters.
2011 May 6, France ordered 14
diplomats loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to leave the
country within 48 hours.
2011 May 6, A Guinean
government minister said at least 25 people have been killed and a
mosque has been destroyed in fighting that took place earlier this
week in Galapaye.
2011 May 6, Nearly 800 Air
India pilots demanding more pay ended their 10-day-old strike, which
cost the state-run airline around 12 million rupees ($2.7 million) a
2011 May 6, Commuters in Italy
scrambled to find the few buses and subway trains running during a
one-day general strike that also affected air and rail travel,
banks, public offices and schools.
2011 May 6, In Ivory Coast UN
investigators headed to a soccer field in Yopougon believed to be
the site of a new mass grave. 29 bodies were counted in the grave. A
resident said that militants loyal to arrested strongman Laurent
Gbagbo swept through the neighborhood amid celebrations over
Gbagbo's April 11 arrest.
2011 May 6, Japan's PM Naoto
Kan ordered the suspension of operations at an ageing nuclear power
plant southwest of Tokyo because it is located close to a dangerous
2011 May 6, Kenyan authorities
said they have seized the tusks of 58 elephants, totaling one ton of
ivory, after sniffer dogs led investigators to containers at the
country's main airport that were bound for Nigeria.
2011 May 6, Moamer Kadhafi's
regime reacted angrily to a NATO-led decision to provide funding to
the three-month-old rebellion against his rule in Libya, describing
as "piracy" plans to tap its assets frozen abroad.
2011 May 6, A ship carrying up
to 600 migrants trying to flee Libya sank off the coast of the North
African country. At least three other boats that departed Libya in
late March have disappeared, bringing to 800 the number of people
believed to have perished at sea trying to reach European shores.
2011 May 6, Mexico authorities
said they recovered 11 more bodies at a series of mass grave pits in
Durango, bringing the total number of bodies found in a monthlong
search of the pits to at least 157. Cartel gunmen fired on a
military convoy in Monterrey with a grenade launcher and hit a bus
carrying employees of a US-owned assembly plant. One attacker was
killed. Prosecutors said they have detained four local policemen,
five Guatemalans and one Honduran in connection with mass
kidnappings of migrants in the border city of Reynosa. Police
captured Jose Zarco Cardenas (22) and an accomplice in Mexico City.
He had recently begun heading drug operations in Morelos state for a
gang that broke off from the Beltran Leyva cartel.
(AP, 5/6/11)(SFC, 5/9/11, p.A2)
2011 May 6, In Nigeria polling
opened in some parts of the state of Imo for a governorship election
after irregularities marred a previous exercise. Attackers killed at
least 16 people and set fire to more than a dozen houses in Tafawa
Balewa, Bauchi state, a town that has been beset by years of
(AFP, 5/6/11)(Reuters, 5/7/11)
2011 May 6, In Pakistan a US
drone attack targeted a vehicle and a compound in North Waziristan
killing 16 people, including 10 Taliban militants. Hundreds of
Pakistanis took to the streets in Abbottabad, Quetta, Multan and
Peshawar cheering Osama bin Laden and shouting "death to America" to
condemn a unilateral US raid on their soil that killed bin Laden.
Assailants using rockets and guns attacked a group of people
exercising at an open soccer field on the outskirts of Quetta,
killing six of them and wounding 13.
(AFP, 5/6/11)(AP, 5/6/11)(AP, 2/25/12)
2011 May 6, In Poland one miner
and one rescuer were already confirmed dead after methane ignited
some 2,700 feet (820 meters) underground at the Krupinski mine near
Katowice. The body of a missing rescuer was found on May 12,
bringing the death toll to 3.
2011 May 6, Russia’s PM
Vladimir Putin proposed creating a "broad popular front" ahead of
Russia's parliamentary election, in an apparent attempt to counter
growing public discontent with his political party and solidify
2011 May 6, Spanish police
searched for 22 African migrants missing in the Mediterranean Sea
after a packed boat they were traveling in nearly sank.
2011 May 6, Thousands of
Syrians rallied on a "Day of Defiance" even as the regime of
President Bashar al-Assad deployed tanks in at least three centers
of an uprising against his autocratic rule. Security forces opened
fire on protesters, killing at least 30 people, as thousands joined
demonstrations across the country calling for an end to Assad's
(AFP, 5/6/11)(AP, 5/6/11)(AP, 5/7/11)
2011 May 6, In Togo 26 people
died after their bus crashed. The victims were mainly merchants from
Burkina Faso who were traveling to the Togolese capital for
2011 May 6, In Venezuela
authorities at a prison in western Tachira state found the bodies of
eight inmates killed in what officials say is a conflict between
rival gangs fighting for control of their cellblocks.
2011 May 6, Hundreds of
thousands of Yemenis flooded a boulevard on the western edge of the
capital, releasing colorful balloons to press their demand for
President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down, while he denounced his
opponents as "terrorists" in a speech to supporters nearby.
2012 May 6, George Lindsey
(83), TV actor, died in Nashville. He spent nearly 30 years as the
grinning Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" (1964-1968) and "Hee
Haw" (1971-1993). He played a jovial service station attendant on
"Mayberry RFD" (1968-1971).
2012 May 6, Sky News Arabia, a
joint venture between an Abu Dhabi royal and the British broadcaster
BSkyB, launched a 24-hour Arabic-language news channel with a pledge
to be impartial in a region where government influence over media is
2012 May 6, In northern
Afghanistan a flash flood swept through a village, killing 21
people, many of them members of a wedding party in Dhy Marda village
in Sari Pul province. Floods overnight in two other districts in the
province killed three people.
2012 May 6, In Afghanistan a
soldier with NATO's US-led coalition was killed by a man in Afghan
army uniform, in the latest so-called "green-on-blue" attack. The
individual who opened fire was killed when coalition forces returned
fire. ISAF announced that one coalition service member died in a
roadside bomb attack in the east of the country. 4 gunmen took over
a tall building in Paktika province and started shooting down into
surrounding government compounds, wounding one civilian before
security forces killed them.
(AFP, 5/6/12)(AP, 5/10/12)
2012 May 6, Armenians voted for
a new parliament. President Serge Sarkisian's party won a majority
of seats in a parliamentary election that international observers
said were competitive and peaceful. The Republican Party won at
least 68 of the parliament's 131 seats.
(AP, 5/6/12)(AP, 5/7/12)
2012 May 6, Chinese activist
Chen Guangcheng, isolated in a Beijing hospital, appealed for
official help to leave the country after a US-brokered diplomatic
solution paved the way for his departure. Chen has been offered a
fellowship from New York University.
2012 May 6, In CongoDRC the
March 23 Movement (M23) was created by army mutineers who were part
of the former rebel National Congress for the Defense of the People
(CNDP), a Congolese Tutsi force that Rwanda denied supporting when
it was waging its insurgency. The M23 Tutsi leaders came from the
same ethnic group as Rwanda’s Pres. Kagame.
(AFP, 5/28/12)(Econ, 11/24/12, p.57)
2012 May 6, Egypt's
Islamist-dominated parliament approved a ban on the country's next
president from sending civilians for trial by military tribunals,
but preserving that power for the military itself.
2012 May 6, France voted in a
presidential run-off election. Socialist challenger Francois
Hollande (51.62%) defeated incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy (48.38%) by
capitalizing on public anger over the government's austerity
policies. Sarkozy became the first French one-term president since
Valery Giscard d'Estaing lost his re-election bid in 1981.
(AP, 5/6/12)(AP, 5/7/12)
2012 May 6, Greeks cast ballots
in their most critical election in decades. Greece voters let a
far-right extremist group into Parliament and gave no party enough
votes to govern alone. Conservative leader Antonis Samaras began
trying to form a new coalition government. New Democracy came first
with 18.85% and 108 of Parliament's 300 seats. The big winner was
the anti-bailout Radical Left Coalition, or Syriza, whose
unprecedented second place with 16.78% gave it 52 seats.
(AP, 5/6/12)(AP, 5/7/12)
2012 May 6, It was reported
that the US military has established 3 new forward bases in Honduras
to interdict smugglers moving cocaine toward the US from South
(SSFC, 5/6/12, p.A8)
2012 May 6, A tornado ripped
through eastern Japan, killing a teenager, destroying dozens of
homes and cutting power to around 20,000 households. Television
footage from Tsukuba showed houses swept from their foundations,
overturned cars in muddy debris and fallen concrete power poles.
2012 May 6, In Lebanon more
than 1,000 people marched in Beirut calling for the establishment of
a secular state in the country which is ruled by a system of
power-sharing along religious lines.
2012 May 6, Malaysian clerics
issued a fatwa against demonstrations.
2012 May 6, In northern
Nigerian soldiers killed four suspected members of Boko Haram
Islamist sect in a raid on their hideout in Kano. About a dozen
suspected Islamists were arrested in the raid.
2012 May 6, In Pakistan Taliban
militants killed 9 soldiers in an ambush in Miran Shah, North
Waziristan. The army retaliated with helicopter gunships, which
pounded suspected militant hideouts and also hit three houses and a
mosque in the town, killing 3 civilians. The military raided two
houses in Miran Shah, killing a militant commander and several of
2012 May 6, In Russia at least
20,000 opposition demonstrators marched through Moscow, shouting
"enough lies," in a final show of protest before Vladimir Putin is
inaugurated once again as president.
2012 May 6, Serbs voted in a
national election. The opposition Progressive Party won a narrow
victory. A presidential runoff will be held on May 20 between
pro-Western leader Boris Tadic, who won 26.7% of the vote, and
nationalist Tomislav Nikolic, who had 25.5%. Nikolic's Progressives
won 73 seats in the 250-member assembly, ahead of Tadic's Democrats,
which took 68 seats. Ivica Dacic's Socialists won 45 seats.
(AP, 5/6/12)(AP, 5/7/12)(SFC, 5/8/12, p.A2)
2012 May 6, In eastern Yemen
al-Qaeda leader Fahd al-Quso, who was wanted in connection with the
2000 bombing of the USS Cole, was killed along with 2 bodyguards in
an air strike in Rafadh, Shabwa province.
2013 May 6, In New York 30
horses being taken to slaughter in Canada were burned alive when the
tractor-trailer transporting them caught fire on an upstate highway.
2013 May 6, In Cleveland 3
women, Amanda Berry (27), Gina DeJesus (23) and Michelle Knight
(32), who went missing separately about a decade ago, when they were
in their teens or early 20s, were found alive in a residential area
just south of downtown. 3 brothers, Ariel Castro (52), Pedro (54)
and Onil Castro (50) were arrested. On May 8 Ariel Castro was
charged with kidnapping and rape of the 3 women. His two borthers
were not charged. On July 26 Ariel Castro pleaded guilty to 937
counts in a deal to avoid the death penalty.
(AP, 5/7/13)(AP, 5/8/13)(SFC, 5/8/13, p.A10)(AP,
5/9/13)(SFC, 7/27/13, p.A6)
2013 May 6, The SEC issued a
long report on the financial misdeeds of Harrisburg, Pa. The state
capital has been bankrupt since 2011.
(Econ, 5/11/13, p.80)
2013 May 6, US Air Force Lt.
Col. Jeffrey Krusinsky (41), head of Air Force sexual assault
prevention, was arrested on charges of groping a woman a day earlier
in a suburban Virginia parking lot.
(SFC, 5/8/13, p.A8)
2013 May 6, Argentina’s Pres.
Cristina Fernandez ruled out any currency devaluation while she's
president, and dismissed as election-year politics a brewing scandal
over allegations of money laundering by businessmen close to her and
her late husband Nestor Kirchner.
2013 May 6, Bangladesh police
banned all rallies in Dhaka for the rest of the day after at least
31 people died in clashes between police and large numbers of
Islamic hardliners demanding that the government enact an
anti-blasphemy law. The dead included police officers. The Awami
League security crackdown on members of Hefajat-e-Islam, an extreme
Islamist group, left as many as 50 people dead in Dhaka. Another 20
were reported killed in clashes in Narayanganj.
(AP, 5/6/13)(SSFC, 5/12/13, p.A4)(Econ, 5/11/13,
2013 May 6, China’s Pres. Xi
Jinping met with Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas in Beijing and
urged dialogue in Middle East peace negotiations.
(Econ, 5/11/13, p.52)
2013 May 6, Cuban spy Rene
Gonzalez (56), who spent 13 years in a US prison, renounced his
American citizenship, part of a deal that allows him to avoid
returning to the US to serve out the remainder of his probation. He
is one of the so-called "Cuban Five," intelligence agents convicted
in 2001 of spying on US military installations in South Florida.
2013 May 6, In Germany Hans
Lipschis (93), deported from the US in 1983 for lying about his Nazi
past, was taken into custody after authorities concluded there was
"compelling evidence" he was involved in crimes at Auschwitz while
there from 1941 to 1943. Lipschis was released in December after a
court concluded he was suffering from dementia. On Feb 28 the
Ellwangen state court said that because of “worsening dementia" he
could not be tried.
(AP, 5/6/13)(SFC, 12/7/13, p.A2)(SFC, 3/1/14,
2013 May 6, In Iraq two car
bombs blew up in a Baghdad suburb, killing 6 people in the deadlier
of two attacks that left at least 10 dead. Attackers in a speeding
car threw grenades at Sunni worshippers leaving al-Ihsan mosque in
Baghdad's Mansour neighborhood, killing 7 and wounding 16.
2013 May 6, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu met with his security Cabinet and then departed to China
for a scheduled visit.
2013 May 6, Giulio Andreotti
(b.1919), Italy's former seven-time premier and a symbol of post-war
Italy, died at his home in Rome.
2013 May 6, Malaysia’s PM Najib
Razak appeared before the media to somberly acknowledge that his
coalition had won general elections for the 13th time in a row.
However the National Front polled only 5.24 million votes to the
opposition's 5.62 million votes.
2013 May 6, In Nigeria two
pilots were killed when their Alpha jet fighter went down 37 miles
(60 km) west of Niamey.
2013 May 6, In Pakistan an
explosion ripped through a campaign rally of the Jamiat-e-Ulema
Islam party, a leading Islamist party, killing 25 people and
wounding about 70 in the northwest Kurram tribal region.
(AP, 5/6/13)(AP, 5/7/13)
2013 May 6, In Russia about
20,000 protesters thronged Bolotnaya Square across from the Kremlin,
a year after a protest at the same spot turned violent on the eve of
President Vladimir Putin's inauguration.
2013 May 6, In Syria regime
warplanes pounded rebel positions inside the Mannagh air base as
clashes between rebels and government forces raged on.
2013 May 6, Yemeni tribal
gunmen kidnapped two Egyptian technicians working in a cement
factory in the south.